We invite readers to share thoughts, anecdotes, views or stories on a particular subject. Last week we asked: How do you plan to spend the Eid break. Here are your replies:
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This Eid, we decided to stay home and play hosts to our relatives who will be dropping in to visit us. On the cards is also a trip to Fujairah beach; my aunt is visiting the UAE for the first time and we plan to take her sightseeing. A trip to Abu Dhabi and shopping at Marina mall is also on the cards. Faizan Uddin
It’s the norm to visit friends and well-wishers on Eid. But irrespective of the occasion, we always visit extended family members and well wishers showing our strong support to them especially during trying times. My family also believes in spending Eid with less privileged people and elderly people. There is a certain sense of fulfilment when you spend a day interacting with them jovially, making them feel good about life and letting them know that we are always there for them. We actually try to do these not only during festive occasions but as often as we can during the rest of the year as well. Umang Shah
This Eid was indeed very valuable for us. We got the golden opportunity to attend a talk show where Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and nutritionist Luke Coutinho spoke about the significance of being fit and healthy. Lack of importance and gratitude given to the food we eat is apparently one of the reasons for an increase in the number of illnesses affecting people these days. According to Luke, an hour of heavy workout in gym and spending the rest of the day in idleness and indolence give us no benefit and in fact nullifies the effect of the workout. He suggests the person be active and energetic throughout the day. Emotional health is of paramount importance. Luke having extensive experience about tending to cancer patients identified that the root cause of cancer is emotional stress. The speakers also elucidated upon the harmful impacts of consuming white sugar and white bread as they are processed and contain a lot of refined carbohydrates which are harmful to the body. People must give more importance to being fit and healthy rather than on losing weight. Shivani Chelliah
I love holidays particularly because almost everybody is free at this time. I’m looking forward to this holiday because I am going to be in Abu Dhabi for an overnight staycation. Most importantly, I’m going with my friends and we plan to party until 5am! Reeti Ramchandani